Lodz University of Technology in 17 million euro industrial energy transformation project

Researchers from the Lodz University of Technology (Lodz University of Technology) will build a prototype of an installation that enables energy production using waste heat. The university in Lodz is one of the partners of the EUR 17 million project of innovative solutions supporting energy transformation in large industrial plants.

Ewa Chojnacka, the spokeswoman of the Lodz University of Technology, informed that academics from the Lodz university are part of the European FLEXIndustries consortium. It brings together 36 European institutions, among which the Lodz University of Technology and the cooperating company K-Flex are the only Polish representatives.

The Horizon Europe project, worth more than EUR 17 million, is to create seven model energy transformations of large industrial plants, covering the technical, digital and business layers. Its goal is a green revolution in European industry by developing installations in plants in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and in the Polish company K-FLEX Łódź-Uniejów. These will be intelligent systems ensuring lower energy consumption, the use of renewable energy sources, recovery of waste heat and reduction of CO2 emissions.

The developed good practices are to open the way to similar transformations in other European industrial plants.

“We are proud to be implementing the first Horizon Europa project at the Lodz University of Technology. It is also a great example of long-term cooperation between industry and science. FLEXindustries is the second European project implemented by employees of the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery of the Lodz University of Technology in cooperation with K-Flex. We have recently started the project EU Green Deal devoted to the circular economy “- emphasized the project manager from the Lodz University of Technology, Dr. Eng. Grzegorz Liśkiewicz.

One of the authors of the project concept, Dr. Eng. Filip Grapow announced that the Lodz University of Technology will build a prototype of an ORC installation that enables energy production using waste heat.

“ORC is a well-known technology, but our concept involves the use of an unconventional turbine design. There are many industrial plants where the heat is released directly to the environment. Heat recovery reduces the environmental effects of this situation and gives additional electricity in return” – he explained.

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